The 39 Latin American writers under 40 who you cannot miss

“Pay attention to the following names: Valeria Luiselli, Samanta Schweblin, Frank Báez, Claudia Ulloa, Emiliano Monge, Juan Cárdenas, Mauro Javier Cárdenas, Giuseppe Caputo, Laia Jufresa, Cristian Romero, Liliana Colanzi, Felipe Restrepo Pombo.....

and a total of 39 Latin American writers under 40 who you should know about. These are the writers who will be renewing the continent’s literature according to Bogota39-2017, organized by the Hay Festival, and announced on the 5th May during the 30th International Bogota Book Fair. (…)

Just like in its first year, this time many of the selected authors already have a consolidated career. This is the case for the Argentinean Samanta Schweblin who this year reached a milestone when her novel Distancia de rescate  (Fever Dream), published by Penguin Random House, made the Man Booker International shortlist and her short story collection Siete casas vacías (Seven Empty Houses), published by Páginas de Espuma, was very well reviewed. Valeria Luiselli, translated into various languages and a columnist for the newspaper El País in Spain, has just published Los niños perdidos (The Lost Children) with Sexto Piso.

One of the defining characteristics this year is that the majority of these authors are published by small, medium-sized or independent publishing houses. Many have been published only in their own countries, a testament to the investigative work of the jury.”

See the complete list here

The Spanish Bookstage


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